Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Islamic Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Islamic Studies Programme codeUFA3IAIIAI05
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme focuses on Islam as a religion and as a civilisation. The language element will train you to read classical Arabic. You can expect to achieve a high level of understanding of the many diverse dimensions of Islam and an ability to read classical and modern texts. No previous knowledge of Arabic is required.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme has two main subject-specific educational aims. The first is to provide a strong Arabic language basis with an emphasis on training in reading classical Arabic, so that students will be able to read and interpret independently the foundational texts of Islam (Qur’an, hadith, etc.) and Arabic writings from the classical religious sciences. Secondly, students should become familiar with the broad historical development of Islam as a world religion and civilisation, within different historical, geographic, and cultural settings, from the earliest period to the present day, through a broad range of compulsory and optional modules on Islam as a religion and ways of life, the Islamic humanities, Islamic spirituality and devotional practice, Islamic thought, anthropological approaches within the study of religion, Islamic history and civilisation, and contemporary Islamic issues.

Wider academic and personal transferable skills: The programme is intended to provide students with the wider academic and transferable personal skills described at length in the following section 12. 

4. Programme Structure

This Exeter-based programme is studied over three years. The programme is arranged into two twelve-week semesters each year and is divided into units of study called modules. Language modules have a value of 15 or 30 credits; non-language modules are worth 15 or 30 credits; and the BA dissertation is worth 30 credits.

 In order to proceed to stage 2, students must achieve an average of 40% across their stage 1 modules and pass any modules that are designated non-condonable. Students may progress to the next stage (or in the final year, to proceed to the award of an honours degree) once they have passed 90 credits and achieved an average of 40% or more for modules taken in their current stage.

 Those modules below marked with an asterisk (*) are non-condonable: if failed, the failed assessment(s) must be retaken, for a maximum possible mark of 40%. The consequences of failing more than 30 credits in a year, or of failing a module at the second attempt, are explained in the School assessment procedures. 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/undergraduate/modules/

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site

Students may choose optional modules within the above schema within the following credit framework:

No more than 150 credits of level 1 modules may be taken

No less than 90 credits of level 3 modules may be taken

No level 1 modules from either within the Institute or the University more generally may normally be taken at level 3 of the degree.

A module may be taken only if the necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, if the timetable allows, and subject to restrictions.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA1015 Arabic for Beginners 30No
ARA1009 History and Society in the Middle East 15No
ARA1018 Introduction to Islam 15No

Optional Modules

60 credits of modules from available Level 1 options in the IAIS

The full list of modules at IAIS is available at http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/undergraduate/modules/

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Arabic (Persian) stage 1 modules 2017-8
ARA1010 Politics and Economy of the Contemporary Middle East 15 No
ARA1013 Elementary Persian 15 No
ARA1020 Elementary Persian 2 15 No
ARA1021 Introduction to Persian History and Culture 15 No
ARA1030 Introduction to Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARA1032 Elementary Turkish II 15 No
ARA1009 History and Society in the Middle East 15 No
ARA1015 Arabic for Beginners 30 No
ARA1016 Reading and Translation 15 No
ARA1018 Introduction to Islam 15 No
ARA1031 Elementary Turkish I 15 No
ARA1034 Elementary Indonesian 1 15 No
ARA1035 Elementary Indonesian 2 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1

120

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA2148 Arabic for Beginners II 30No
ARA2144 Reading Qur'anic Arabic 15No

Optional Modules

45 credits from [Islamic Studies S2 Optional Modules]

15 credits of optional modules available in the IAIS: [Arabic Modules S2 ]

15 credits of optional modules available either in the IAIS or elsewhere in the University

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Islamic Studies S2 Optional Modules
ARA1016 Reading and Translation 15 No
ARA1013 Elementary Persian 15 No
ARA2132 Islamic Law and Society 15 No
ARA2143 Classical Persian Poetry in Translation 15 No
ARA2146 Islamic Theological Traditions 15 No
ARA2145 Sufism and Islamic Devotional Life 15 No
ARA2141 Intermediate Persian 15 No
ARA2150 Muslims in Britain 15 No
ARA2160 Islamic Movements: From the Muslim Brothers to Al-Qa'ida 15 No
Arabic (Persian) stage 2 modules 2017-8
ARA2118 Gender-Identity and Modernity in the Middle East 15 No
ARA2121 Themes in the Arabic Short Story 15 No
ARA2131 M.E.20C Colonialism Revolution and Beyond 15 No
ARA2132 Islamic Law and Society 15 No
ARA2135 Conflict and Peace making Palestine/Israel 15 No
ARA2141 Intermediate Persian 15 No
ARA2144 Reading Qur'anic Arabic 15 No
ARA2146 Islamic Theological Traditions 15 No
ARA2148 Arabic for Beginners II 30 No
ARA2150 Muslims in Britain 15 No
ARA2151 Intermediate Persian II 15 No
ARA2152 Persian Literature 15 No
ARA2156 Kurdish 2 (Sorani) 15 No
ARA2157 Kurdish 2 (Kurmanji) 15 No
ARA2160 Islamic Movements: From the Muslim Brothers to Al-Qa'ida 15 No
ARA2161 The Historiography of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 15 No
ARA2162 Political Economy of Development in the Middle East 15 No
ARA2164 Intermediate Turkish I 15 No
ARA2165 Intermediate Turkish II 15 No
ARA2166 Revolution, Reform or Status Quo 15 No
ARA2222 Career Planning Workshops (Level 2) 0 No
Total Credits for Stage 2

120

Stage 3


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARA3160 Intermediate Arabic Language I 30No
ARA3106 Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

And 30 credits from a selected list of modules

The full list of modules at IAIS is available at http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/undergraduate/modules/

And 15 credits of optional modules available in the IAIS

And 15 credits optional modules available either in the IAIS or elsewhere in the University 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Arabic (Persian) stage 3 modules 2017-8
ARA3107 Politics of Semi-democratic and Authoritarian Countries 30 No
ARA3129 Nationalisms in the Middle East 15 No
ARA3136 The History and Political Development of Iraq 15 No
ARA3138 Foundational Islamic Texts: Qur'an and Hadith 15 No
ARA3144 Advanced Persian Language I 15 No
ARA3145 Advanced Persian Language II 15 No
ARA3146 Iranian History, 1500 - the Present 15 No
ARA3149 Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies 15 No
ARA3152 Folklore and Identity in the Middle East 15 No
ARA3158 Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond 15 No
ARA3159 The Orientalist Debate 15 No
ARA3160 Intermediate Arabic Language I 30 No
ARA3161 Islamic Art and Architecture 15 No
ARA3162 Britain in the Middle East, 1798-1977 15 No
ARA3163 Politics and Reform in the Gulf 15 No
ARA3185 EU and US Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and North Africa 30 No
ARA3186 The History and Political Development of Iraq 30 No
Total Credits for Stage 3

120


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. read and to contextualize appropriately primary Islamic religious sources written in classical Arabic;
2. develop an ability to deal with written and aural Arabic materials of various types; to produce written Arabic in summary form or more extensively; to read or scan texts and to appreciate Modern and Classical Arabic as a form of communication as an expression of cultural/religious values;
3. develop a critical understanding of the central themes, teachings and distinctive rhetorical structures of the Qur'an;
4. become familiar with the historical development, contents and operative contexts of the main fields of the Arabic religious sciences in Islam;
5. become familiar with the historical features, and underlying social and cultural processes, of the development of Islamic religious life within a broad, world-historical perspective
6. develop a critical understanding and appreciation of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to the study of the cultural and social diversity of Islamic religious life, both historically and in representative contemporary contexts

Language teaching which fosters the development of reading skills suitable for Islamic texts is based on grammar drills, vocabulary tests and translation exercises. Assessment by written assignments during the year, mid-year unseen written examination and final unseen written examination;
Language teaching based on traditional and lab-based language classes, pair work, group work, language games, computer programmes (CALL). Assessment through unseen written examination, and listening and oral examination;
 The teaching of advanced text
based modules (Stage 3) based on lectures and class work under tutor guidance. Assessment is by course work (analytical essays) related to the subject field and by unseen written examination inclusive of translations of Arabic texts;
The teaching of modules in Islamic Studies and in the Islamic Religious sciences is based on a combination of lectures, seminars, and assigned translations in class under tutor guidance. Assessment is by course work (analytical essays) and by unseen written final examination;
Modules in Islamic history, literatures, cultures and contemporary issues, are taught by lectures and seminars and assessed by assigned essays and unseen written examination.

Assessment through assigned essays 1-6, coursework 1-6, unseen written examinations 1-6 and dissertation 1-6. Language studies 1-6 are also assessed by means of listening and oral examinations.1-6

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. read critically and to contextualize in an appropriate, comprehensive manner documents and related cultural materials and traditions (arts, music, rituals and social customs) from an unfamiliar subject matter and linguistic/cultural/historical setting;
8. develop analytical thinking and to summarise it in cogently argue writing which is appropriate to both expert and general audiences;
9. develop the ability to organise and clearly present and articulate, as well as justify, their ideas in oral discussion and presentation.
10. develop the ability to sift and synthesize accurately unfamiliar documentary material from many sources.
11. develop the ability to relate broader methodological, philosophic, ethical and spiritual issues and religious traditions to the corresponding practical issues and challenges in relevant areas of contemporary life
12. develop an active awareness of the diversity of cultural expressions and contexts within historical civilisations, and at the same time, of the deeper regularities (as studied in both the social sciences and humanities) and structures perceptible across different civilisations and cultures.
13. In addition to each of the core academic skills just mentioned (which are also key personal skills), students will develop more generally analytical writing skills and the ability to sift and synthesize unfamiliar material from many sources. They will also develop the ability to recognize and contextualize all the relevant dimensions of religious life and tradition (spiritual, ethical, social, and political), within any of the religious situations and phenomena they may encounter in life.

Lectures, class presentations, assigned translations, group projects, essay writing and other written assignments Assessment as for Subject Knowledge and Skills.

Assessment through assigned essays, coursework, unseen written examinations and dissertation. Language studies are also assessed by means of listening and oral examinations.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. develop the ability to relate abstract philosophic, ethical and theological issues and traditions to corresponding practical issues and challenges in relevant areas of contemporary life
15. develop the ability to give a cogent, succinct and effective oral public presentation;
16. develop the ability to participate and communicate effectively and constructively in oral group discussion;
17. take responsibility for their own learning by planning and managing tasks;
18. organise and process previously unfamiliar data to produce a coherent argument, both orally and in writing;
19. acquire transferable skills related to translation, particularly the ability to provide necessary contextual explanation and analysis needed for communication to people unfamiliar with the original source.

Transferable skills are key to all teaching and learning activities on the programme: examinations, presentations, translation work, word processing and other IT skills, group and pair work and logical writing.

Assessment through assigned essays, coursework, unseen written examinations and dissertation. Language studies are also assessed by means of listening and oral examinations.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Islamic Studies

19. UCAS Code

T602

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Area studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/10/2004

Date of last revision

20/06/2012